for the love of vogs

where the MotleyFlue gather


hello again!


I know it’s been a LONG time. My Fluesisters and I have been BUSYBUSYBUSY and haven’t been able to make it to a store, let alone try things on and report. In fact, I couldn’t even remember the last time I tried on a pair of Vogs. Also, the Generalissima hasn’t bought a pair in over a year and a half! GAH! Even worse, I completely missed this year’s International Fluevog Day. (tears!)

Since I’m back in the bay area, the Manpanion (now husband, aka Huz) and I finally made it to visit our friends at Haight Street. Many thanks to Dee (who went up and down those stairs countless times), Rachel and Anka for all their help. They totally held down the fort while FlueDaddy Denny was enjoying a day off.

Since we’re currently in the midst of a sale, here’s the sale stuff I tried on:


Colour | Joanne Size 9.5 in black & yellow

I am going to pretend that Mr. Fluevog named these after me. Sadly, I had nothing to do with the design of these Vogs because they fit horribly on my feet. When I first saw them on the site, I knew it wouldn’t be a match made in heaven. Sadly, I was correct. I had to size up 1/2 a size and was a bit too high for my liking and there’s a lot of pressure on the balls of my feet. Plus, the toe box is too narrow, making it pinchy on my wide feet. While the heel is more comfy than I thought, this Joanne was not going home with moi. (sad face) As always, great shoe, just not for my feet.


Cosmos | Opposition size 9.5 in black

These Vogs are PERFECTION! Like many, I totally freaked out when the FlueGods announced that the Minis would be officially retired. NO MINIS?! What kind of cruel joke is this? Without the Minis, I’d simply lose my will to live! Luckily, the Cosmos are here and I consider them a newborn cousin of the Minis. The Cosmos have a cute scallop detail that is so adorable. They are super comfy with a slight bouncy feeling. I really love these and I can’t wait to see what else the FlueGods have in store for the future of Cosmos. The Opposition is definitely on my wish list.


Commune | San Jose size 9

Confession: I’m not typically a clog fan. Years ago, I owned the 40th anniversary re-issued clog and unfortunately, we didn’t get along as well as I would have liked. I have since found a wonderful owner for them (I hope). Then there was the arc which I couldn’t even stand in. Therefore, I didn’t have high hopes for San Jose. Boy was I wrong. These felt really good and stable. That I didn’t fall was a huge plus:) I tried on the size 9 and they were tight and a little short. If I were to get these, I’d likely size up to a 10 (no half sizes on these).


Look Out | Allure size 9.5 in teal

As Dee pointed out when I tried these on: they’re either perfect for your feet or they’re not. Sadly, these were a no-go for me. The toes were pinchy and the shoe itself was tight (you can see my feet fat sticking out because of this). Perhaps I should have tried on the size 10. Hmph. If they fit you, you better get them! I have a “now vintage” pair of Viardots, and Allure is very similar, but with heart heels!


Look Out | Mesmerize size 9.5 in orange.

I really loved these! Again, the heart heel is gorgeous. They also feel a lot better than the previous generations of heart heels. These are a lot more stable. Also, the orange is stunning and I’m in the market for orange (and/or yellow). I have two complaints about these though. First off, there’s puckering. It’s common for me because I have such flat feet. My other complaint is the ribbon.  I need something a little longer. I’m definitely going to look out for the Look Out family.

As you can see, the current sale has some AMAZING things. Do visit your local store or call your favorite Fluevog pusher to place orders!

For the Love of Vogs,


Note: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me.

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Goodbye to the Melrose Store

The news should be out there now, that Fluevog is closing its store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. This Black Friday weekend is probably the last time you’ll be able to try on and buy shoes there. If you want some great recommendations, read Joanne’s previous post. By an unlucky twist, I won’t be able to make it to the store this weekend, but I did get a chance to say goodbye earlier.

Operetta GiuliasThis is very sad for me as the Melrose store is my store. It’s where I first learned that shoes could be both beautiful and comfortable for my feet; it’s where I bought my first amazing pair of Vogs (red Giulia boots); and it’s where I’ve had so many wonderful experiences thanks to fellow Voggers and Fluevogologists (a.k.a. the amazing store staff) over the years. And we never forget our first, do we? Thankfully, I had one last wonderful experience last week, when Mr. John Fluevog himself visited Los Angeles to have dinner with some of the Melrose faithfuls. It was bittersweet for me and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to contain my sadness, but, again, the lovely community made up by Voggers and Fluevogologists made it a fun, lovely experience. And it was an honor to meet John and hear his fascinating journey from his own lips. The delicious wine and tapas didn’t hurt, either.🙂 Here are some of my photos from the goodbye celebration.

Me and John Fluevog

Thanks to fellow Vogger Alice for taking this photo of me and Mr. Fluevog. It’s one of my favorite photos of the night.


Natasha looked amazing with those famous boots, and to top it off she had a fun dachshund purse!


First Fluevog flower wheel of the night (I’m at the 6:30 position)


Some of the wonderful folks who made it a great night: Rusty, Natasha, Alice, Lisa, and Rob


Our table was lucky enough to get John first as well as Fluevogologist Lesley (they moved around through the night).


Next to hang out with us was Fluevogologist Kate — here she is with Alice. Great photo! (I didn’t get a photo of the other Fluevogologists, sorry!)


Mr. Fluevog giving a little speech


My final flower wheel of the night, with John Fluevog in the 7 o’clock position

xo, Gladys

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hello fall 2015

Remember when I said that it’s never too late?

Well, I wasn’t lying. Fall has been out for a few months now. Here are some things that the Manpanion and I managed to try on. Enjoy!


Twin Turbines | 837 Granville St. Size 10 in blue. These are the newest addition to the Manpanion’s collection. Please note that this pic does not do these Vogs justice at all. These are absolutely gorgeous. They’re sleek and according to him, very comfy. These days, our buying habits have slimmed down because we’re planning/paying for our nuptials. However, these are not a pair that you want to wait to go on sale for. In fact, I highly doubt this will make it to sale time. This color combo is such a head turner. This family seems to suit the Manpaion well, as he has another pair from here. These are definitely his pick of the season!


Choice | Margie. Size 10.5 in black. These were pretty much gone, so I had to try on the only size that could possibly fit me. Apologies, as I do not have any sizing info for you. I have an old pair of Margie in red. I’m so happy to see these return, but in better style. First off, this color combo is beautiful. They’re wide in the toe, which my wide feet love. The straps on these are thicker and sturdier than the original Margie. As flats, they’re an all-day shoe. Finally (though I didn’t take a pic of it), I heart the heart heels!

IMG_0924Mini | Bunny. Size 9. Be still my beating heart. I have mentioned many times my “no doubles” rule. I already have these in blue/yellow (I affectionately call them my Berkeley Ph.D. shoes because the Manpanion gifted them to me when I filed.). If I were to break the “no doubles” rule (again), I’d totally snag these. It’s a great color combo and you can’t go wrong with the Minis.
IMG_0919Sopranos | Robyn. Size 9 in orange. Many moons ago when I met the famous Stacey K. (whose fabulousness has been immortalized in a namesake Fluevog), she let me try on a pair of Vogs from the Soprano family. I think of the original Sopranos as a higher heeled, less comfortable cousin of the Operetta family. Well, Mr. Fluevog must have heard my complaiants because the new iteration of the Soprano family is AMAZING. They’re true to size, have a higher heel than the Operettas, but are equally comfy and stable. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love, but these babies in ORANGE are my personal pick of the season. The lacing on these make Robyn totally stand out. While I would normally opt for the black in a Vog like this, ORANGE is the one you want!


Hopefuls | Holly. Size 10 in blue. Again, these were pretty much out. Denny brought me the size 10 because they were all that was left. These in 10 were way too big. However, I loved how easy it was to wear. The profile is low and easy to slip on and off. Also, who doesn’t love that blue?!


Mini | Gorgeous. Size 9.5 in teal/purple. I loved these too! I’m a Mini fan and again, I’m so happy to see the return of a classic (but in a totally sassy color). I went up 1/2 size in these. Yes, I’m sure the die-hards alreay have these on their lists (if not already on their feet).

Again, MANY THANKS for your patience. I’d like to give special kudos to our friends at Haight Street, You’re wonderful and I miss you when I’m in Arizona.

For the love of Vogs,


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it’s never too late

Sigh. Hello everyone! I know it seems like we have fallen off the face of the earth. I’m SOOOOOOO sorry for that! Like you, the ladies of FTLOV have been extremely busy with work, life, family, and all sorts of life transitions. Please don’t worry. We all have been handling life in fabulous Fluevog stride.

I have a few posts waiting in the wings, and this is the first of the bunch. I recently visited our awesome dealers on Haight Street. (Oh my, it’s been ages since the Manpanion and I have seen Denny!) For this first post, I wanted to show some things that have been released for some time now, and are still currently on clearance. Here you go!


Truths | Jessica. Size 10 in black. For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I’m not into pointy shoes. I have super wide, flat feet and pointy shoes just make my feet look gargantuan. However, I had a change of heart when I met Bekkie. As of late,Bekkie has been my go-to Vog. Therefore, I just HAD to try on her sister Jessica. I gotta say that she rocks it just as hard! Because I’m wide, I did have to go up a full size to a 10 (from my normal 9). Yes, these babies are on SALE and available in two colors: black (as shown) and brown.


Power | Wind. Size 9.5 in blue. Confession: I’ve been MIA because the Manpanion and I are getting married soon. We’ve been saving up and trying to figure out the logistics of celebrating the nuptials. With that, I’ve been on the market for a great flat to get my dance floor groove on. While Wind didn’t work for me (it’s too narrow and going up a size is just too long for my foot), I can see why one would go ga-ga over these. The color is perfect for a wedding (yay something blue + something new… or old). For the right foot, these are super comfy. Plus, you can wear them with or without the band.


Power | Water. Size 9.5 in blue. This was another wedding dance possibility. With these, I was concerned about the width (my toes were a little pinchy). Again, a great casual shoe, but I was on a mission!


Modvog | Anna Maria. Size 9.5 in blue. I LOVED these! I wish I bought them at that other site when they were a really good price. However, I hesitated when I saw the look on the Manpanion’s face. He wasn’t as big a fan as I was. Yes, I agree that these aren’t as formal as one would like a wedding dance shoe to be. So the search continues….


Twin Turbines | 1265 Wisconsin Ave. Size 10 in navy/white. I had no idea that the Manpanion had been eyeing these for a while. Luckily, they were available in his preferred size and color. I must say, they look spiffy! He has also been mindful of what Fluevog needs he has for our upcoming nuptials. The Manpanion opted for this pair for our engagement photos (which we just took this past weekend).

By the way, if you’re looking for an AMAZING photographer, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out Nerinna Valera. She’s INCREDIBLE! Our pictures will be ready in the next few weeks. The Manpanion and I can’t wait to show you some of the awesome Fluevog shots she took. For now, you’ll have to settle for our iphone sneak peek:


Again, apologies for the lag in posting. Like I said, I have a few waiting in the wings, including some from the current fall collection. Of course, we’ll share some scenes from our engagement pictures! Until then….

For the love of Vogs,


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FlueReview: Spring 2015

Joanne and I, along with friends Cheryl and Mae, visited the Melrose store during Joanne’s brief visit to Los Angeles about a week ago to try on the new styles, and we were not disappointed. This Spring, the shoes range from cute and quirky to sleek, from romantic and flirty to downright sexy.

This is a continuation of our review of the latest Spring styles — see Joanne’s lovin’ lala land for the first part. In this post will be the shoes that Cheryl and I tried on. Cheryl’s up first, so here are her sizing notes:

Cheryl is a US 7.5 street size with a medium arch, medium wide feet, and a longer second toe. She seems to run on the lower end of 7.5 (perhaps 7.25), so she stays true to size when others have to go up half a size.

AngelinaSoprano | Angelina in black. Size 7.5. Cheryl found these true to size. All of our jaws dropped when she tried these on. Let’s just say these wouldn’t go amiss in a bondage-friendly film. Very sexy and va-va-voom. Joanne calls them over-the-shoulder shoes.

CallasMezzo | Callas in blue. Size 7.5. These were also true to size for Cheryl. I think these are in the romantic and flirty category, and they look adorable on both Cheryl and Mae. The soft laces and this colorway in particular — the dusky blue with the turquoise soles — evoke spring very strongly for me (they’re not as green as they appear in the photo).

CareySoprano | Carey in black. Size 7.5. Another true-to-size Soprano for Cheryl. She found these very comfortable even though she was worried at first about the height of the heel. She was looking for shoes to wear in the courtroom, and these certainly look like they mean business.

ElifMini | Elif in black/ivory. Size 7.5. Cheryl found these true to size (others usually go down 1/2 size compared to other Minis). She ended up taking these home. Between the Carey and the Elif, this style had both the business factor she was looking for and the wow factor that Fluevog is known for.

SamBlueKKBB | Sam in blue/navy. Size 7.5. Cheryl found these just a smidgen large; if they’d had a 7.25 they would have been perfect. The Sam is one of the more delightful additions this Spring. Joanne thinks that this style will definitely come back in future seasons in other colorways. Given the reception they’ve already received, I’m with her on this.


Here are the styles I tried, including the Sam in the other colorway. My sizing notes:

I am a true size US 5.5. I have relatively-flat arches, wide toes, and narrowish ankles. I regularly wear 5 in the Operetta, Mini, Attention, and Baroque families; 5 or 5.5 in the Bellevue and Fellowship families; and 6 in the Radio family. I gained a bit of weight in the last year, though, so I think my feet are a little wider now, which makes me want to go up in size more often when I try shoes.

SamRedKKBB | Sam in cherry/blue/white. Size 6. I tried on my usual size in the Liz style of this family but found that the Sam fits slightly bigger. It’s possible that I could comfortably wear a 5.5, but since the Melrose store didn’t carry anything smaller than the 6, I can’t be sure about that. I wanted to show you this angle because of the straps. With my flat arches, I had to use the tighter of two snap buttons, which meant that the straps kind of winged out to the sides. I personally don’t mind this, but I can imagine that some people might not like this particular silhouette for themselves.

BudapestEarth Angel* (not on the website) | Budapest in turquoise. Size 6. Half size to full size small. We’re not sure if this is the correct family because the shoe isn’t on the website yet. I have three pairs from the Earth Angel family, which I thought was retired a few years ago, and the fit on the soles feels very similar if not the same. This particular style isn’t as immediately comfortable as my older pairs, but if I went up a full size to 6.5 and wore them with cozy socks, I can see them becoming a go-to ankle boot. The leather is very soft and velvety and would break in easily. This colorway is fabulous.

GardinerBrownRules Low | Gardiner in brown. Size 5.5. This is the same family as the Joni and the fit is the same for me, true to size — although my toes look incredibly close to the edge there. These were comfortable upon first trying on, and I really like this darker brown.

GardinerFloralRules Low | Gardiner in floral. Size 5.5. True to size. Joanne asked me to try on the floral. I think they’re prettier than the brown, but I find that they’re too close to “nude” for my skin color and basically get washed out. Still a very comfortable sandal, though. The heel on this family is great because it’s fairly low and stable but has an interesting shape.

GladiceBWPetit Talon* (not on the website) | Gladice in white/black. Size 6. Runs a quarter to half a size small. I was really excited to try these on because, hello, they’re kind of my namesake (Gladice is the French spelling of my name). PLUS I love kitten heels and the soles of these are adorable (Petit Talon is also French for kitten heel, although I’m not positive that this is the family name because it’s not on the website yet). I totally forgot to take a pic of the sole — next time! — but it says something like big surprises come in small packages “Small Things Can Bring Big Pleasures.” Love! And seriously, look at this colorway. It’s very striking. I’m not a white-shoe person at all, but I think I’ll have to make an exception for these. When I asked how I could style them, Mae immediately suggested treating them like a neutral.

GladiceBlackPetit Talon* | Gladice in black. Size 6. The white/black colorway wowed us, but the black one not so much. It’s because the interesting detail of the patent-leather toes gets muted. It’s still a great shape, however, and I think this would look wonderful with the right ankle-length trousers or skinny jeans.

TacoSwordfish Women’s | Rococo Taco in black. Size 6. Maybe a quarter size small (I felt like I had a bit of room in the 6, but these don’t come in smaller sizes). I saved this one for last because it’s the one that was furthest from my style preferences but ended up surprising me. I think it looks both tough and sexy, what with the tongueless peekaboo going on there with the detailed straps. The surprise came with the comfort factor — it didn’t feel like a 3.5″ heel at all, and the pointy toes were also comfortable for me. They were also fairly easy to put on because of the inside zipper. I was very impressed. I have nothing like this in my collection, yet I can see myself creating outfits around them, from casual to clubbing to the opera. Hmm, we’ll see.

AntonLiving | Anton in grey. These were worn (and bought) by a lovely lady we met during our visit, Trish, a longtime Vogger who lives in the area. We enjoyed talking to her so much that we asked to take a photo of her wearing these shoes. These are supposed to be grey but they’re really more beige (the lighting makes them look even darker than they are).

FlowerWheelHere’s the requisite flower wheel from the end of our visit. Thanks once again to Fluevogologists Ali and Jonny for taking care of us and working so hard to help us try on so many pairs. I found out that Ali and I are basically size twins, so I hope that the Melrose store will carry the smaller sizes in the future! *crossing fingers*🙂 Jonny, who is very tall, took this photo because he could get all of us in the shot. He’s at the 6 o’clock position (forgot to ask what shoe he’s wearing), and going clockwise from there is Ali in the Liz, Cheryl in her new Elif, Mae in the Woop Woop, me in the Sandra, and Joanne in her vintage Rayelle.

Let us know in the comments which pairs you’re lusting after!


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for the love

IMG_0584Happy Valentine’s Day, Fellow Flueddicts!

I’m not gonna lie. Valentine’s Day is a sham of a holiday! I hated it when I was single, and being in love does not make me despise this holiday any less. It’s a sham, I tell you. A SHAM!

The only thing I value about this holiday is having a simple reminder to honor those you love – family, friends, SOs, etc. While the candy and flowers are nice, 50% markdowns on candy the day after Valentine’s day is even better!

Anyway… though the holiday is a total sham, I do want to pay tribute to our loved ones for making our lives fantastic. For me, I’m happy to have an amazing Manpanion who puts up with all my craziness. My dear Manpanion: Thank you for making me the lucky gal who gets to walk through this life with you (while wearing our fantastic Fluevogs).

For the love of those who put up with our special brand of crazy,


(you may barf now)



lovin’ lala land

Hello Fellow Flueddicts!

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be in Los Angeles for research. It’s been a while since I have spent any substantive time in the area. Naturally, I carved out some much-needed gal pal time. On Friday night, I met with Miss Gladys and my college besties Mae and Cheryl. We headed out to Melrose with two objectives: 1) find me a wedding dress and 2) visit the LA Fluevog store!

We reached the store at around 7ish and basically closed out the place (they’re open ’til 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays). I want to give an extra special thanks to Ali and Jonny for all their hard work. They brought out dozens of boxes for us and patiently let us try on numerous Vogs just so we could provide these FlueReviews for you. If you’re ever in the LA area, please do not hesitate to visit the Melrose store. Tell them that the MotleyFlue sent you!

To make the posts manageable, Gladys and I divided the pics. She will be sharing what she and Cheryl tried on. I will go over what Mae and I tried on. I know you all have been anxiously waiting to see the spring collection. Here it goes!

IMG_0579Mezzo| Callas. Size 6.5. Mae went down 1/2 a size in this one. She says it was a little tight on the right toe (and admits it’s a personal thing). For me, I’m not big on laces, but I do think these are so cute! The color is amazing and the pop of turquoise on the soles make it extra special!


Kitschy Kitschy Boom Boom | Sam. Size 7.5. For Mae, these needed to come in quarter sizes because size 7.25 would have been perfect! She described them as comfy-ish (likely because of sizing). I think we can all agree that these are soooo cute! They remind me of something that came from the Hopes family years ago. Like many things in the KKBB line, I think Sam is here to stay, and that she’s coming in other colors (don’t get me started on the Raspberry Heels colorway; it’s to die for!). Dear John Fluevog: I’d like to see this in a burgundy/grey or purple/grey combo. I also hope you you bring the Raspberry Heels colorway to your stores.


Tasty Vogs | Dorothy. Size 7.5. Mae went up 1/2 size and says they are really comfortable. In fact, she kept these on her feet for quite a while. My spider senses tell me that these could potentially be on Mae’s want list. I really like these. They remind me of my mother, and I’m sure lots of Filipina moms would be proud to see their daughters sport this:) They have that nostalgic feel and I wouldn’t be surprised if my mom owned a pair like these! The MotleyFlue would like to think that these babies were named after our very own Dorothy, the Artful Voger. (Yes, it’s been ages since you’ve heard from Miss Dorothy. She’s been super busy.)IMG_0576Bellevues | Mollie Johnson. Size 7. These are from Mae’s favorite family. They fit true-to-size and the color combination is fantastic! The patent leather navy blue with magenta/pink really make these stand out. (They also match Mae’s socks perfectly!)


Family TBA | Budapest. Size 8. These are so new that they’re not on the site and we don’t even know the family name yet. (I think they’re from the Earth Angels family, but I could be wrong.) In truth, I was surprised that the gals tried these on because they’re not exactly the cutest things in the store. (That’s about as nice as I’m going to get with these.) Mae had to go up a full size. She confesses that they’re really comfortable and will grow on you – even though they look like aqua socks.

IMG_0574Sopranos | Angelina. Size 7.5. Online, these don’t look like much. However, the story is day-and-night different when you see these in person. Mae went up 1/2 size and did not want to take them off. In fact, she loved them so much that she tried them on in BOTH colors! My spider senses tell me that these will also make it to her coveted list of acquired Fluevogs. These reminded me of a very conservative version of the famous Grand Nationals. It’s the tongue-less boot that makes me feel this way.


Below are the Fluevogs I tried on. As you will notice, I only tried on three pairs. It was a long day for me (up at 2am to pack and arrive in LA by 9am; headed to the museum and spent the day there; checked in to the hotel; met the gals…) and since the other gals were doing some serious searching, I opted to lay low with respect to trying things on. Also, we had just come from the Tatyana Boutique, where I managed to find my wedding dress (yay!). Since I kinda hogged everyone’s attention with my wedding needs, I wanted to let everyone else get their fair share of shopping love. Finally, because I was so tired and dehydrated, my left leg started to cramp really badly! It made the latter part of our visit miserable for me. Again, I want to thank Ali for helping me out by making sure I was properly hydrated. It really helped alleviate a miserable situation.


Truths | Bekkie. Size 10. I have been wanting to add something from the Truths family to my collection for a long time now. I’m still kicking myself for not investing in the Pilgrims. Oh. My. God. Bekkie – look at these shoes! I like these Vogs and I cannot lie… (okay, I’ll stop). The low heels makes these super comfy. I love the look of the open spaces and I really need a pointed toe in my collection. Even though I went up a full size, there was still slight pinching on the sides of my feet. If I were to get these, I’d need to stretch them. Yes. These are FABULOUS! If you love printed socks and tights, these are an amazing compliment!


Kitschy Kitschy Boom Boom: Liz. Size 10. I typically have to go up a full size in these. This color was no exception. Much to everyone’s surprise, I do not have this Vog in my collection. Though this is a nice color combo, it’s just not me. I’m still waiting for the perfect colors before I commit to Liz.


 Prepares | Guide. Size 9.5. Truth be told, I broke my no doubles policy when I put these on layaway in San Francisco. They are gorgeous! I have been wanting something with this print, but nothing quite suited me. I’m so glad that these are available and I’m sure they have been selling well. I went up 1/2 size on these. The top part seemed a little snug, so it will need some stretching before taking these home. I couldn’t go up to a 10 because the footbed would be too long. Sigh. I love these!

I hope you enjoyed checking out the spring collection as much as we loved trying them on for you. In comments, please let us know what you have your eyes on. Also, what color combos are you looking for?!

For the love of Vogs,


Note: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. 

Mae typically wears size 7. The Bellevues are her favorite family.